Valverde downplays Alvaro Morata link

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has remained coy on his club’s prospect of signing misfiring Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.After the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla, reports have suggested that Barcelona are interested in signing Morata as a replacement.Chelsea signed the 26-year-old from Real Madrid in 2017 for a club-record fee of £70m, but the Spanish international has struggled at Stamford Bridge, scoring just five Premier League goals this season.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told reporters on Friday: “If Morata will go to another club we will need a replacement.”, fuelling speculation that he’s set to leave.Ahead of Sunday’s visit of Eibar, Barcelona boss Valverde refused to comment on the reports linking them to Morata but praised his quality instead.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.He told Sky Sports: “I can only say the same thing,”“That he’s a great player, that he’s at another team and that we respect that a lot.“We have to look at it, it’s clear that after Munir’s departure we have a space.“We’ll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club’s economic conditions. We will see if we can if someone comes.”last_img read more

Chris Hughton urges Brighton to believe in victory against Man City

first_imgChris Hughton believes it’s essential that Brighton go into their FA Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City confident of victory.The Seagulls have been handed the least favourable opponents in today’s semi-final draw in City, who are chasing a historic quadruple this season.Although it’s fair to say that Brighton were fortunate to make it to this stage after going two goals down to Championship side Millwall in this afternoon’s quarter-final tie at The Den.But two goals in as many minutes from Jurgen Locadia and Solly March salvaged a 2-2 draw for Brighton before defeating Millwall 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out win.“All three other teams probably didn’t want to play Man City but at the moment we are so pleased to go through and if we don’t think we can win, then there is no point going into the tie,” Brighton boss Hughton told BBC.“We are up against one of the best sides in the country, but on the day, we have a chance and we will have to have everything go our way.”Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.The former Newcastle manager conceded Brighton were “fortunate” to progress to the last four of the FA Cup after not creating enough opportunities.“As soon as Solly [March] played the ball in, we were disappointed because he over hit it but sometimes you need those moments,” said Hughton.“We probably didn’t create enough of them but we had a bit of fortune to swing it our way.“We were confident in the penalty shoot-out, but when you miss the first one and they score, you think it may not be our day. But we showed enough with our remaining takers and I think we showed more over the 90 minutes.”Brighton will next take a trip to St Mary’s to meet Southampton in a Premier League match on March 30.LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Brighton celebrate victory after the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Millwall and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Den on March 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)last_img read more